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Fostering find out more information by clicking this buttonTypes of Fostering

In Worcestershire there are various ways in which foster carers can give support to local children and their families, all of which are greatly valued.

Some parents struggle to copy and may need to look to their extended family to provide care for their child(ren). When these children are considered vulnerable by Children's Social Care then a solution to place children with grandparents, aunts and uncles or other members of the family will be sought. This is known as Kinship Care.

If a solution cannot be found within the child's family then the child will become 'looked after' by the local authority. Children and young people come into public care for a variety of reasons, and most of them return home after a relatively short period of time.

Fostering types of fostering baby playing on the floorAt the other extreme, if the child cannot return to their birth family, and the decision is to look for an adoptive home, this will be carefully planned. It is likely that foster carers will look after the child and help them think about what the future holds whilst a new, permanent family is found for them.

There are many situations which fall in between those described above, and if you decide to progress through the approval process in order to become a foster carer, you will have plenty of opportunity to explore which type of fostering would be right for you and your family.

Worcestershire County Council provides fostering placements which best meet the needs of the individual child, whether this is long-term or short-term. In addition the service runs a specialist Positive Moves scheme for more challenging children and young people who require intensive, therapeutic placements.

Further information on the different types of fostering can be found here (External Website).

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  • Adoption UK
    Adoption UK is a national charity run by and for adopters, providing self-help information, advice, support and training on all aspects of adoption and adoptive parenting
  • British Association for Adoption and Fostering
    The Homepage for a British charity that supports children who are adopted or fostered
  • Children's Legal Centre
    Provide free independent legal advice to children, parents and carers
  • Family Rights Group (FRG)
    Provides advice to parents and family members whose children are involved with or require social care services
  • First4Adoption is the dedicated information service for people interested in adopting a child in England.
  • Department of Health
    The Homepage of an organisation that resolves issues to do with health
  • The Grandparents' Association
    Supports grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren on a full-time basis and those who have lost or are losing contact with them
  • Grandparents Plus
    Champions the role of grandparents and the wider family in children's lives, especially when they take on the caring role
  • Ofsted
    The Homepage of a charity who want to safeguard all children
  • Family Lives
    The Homepage of a website that helps parents deal with family lives
  • Somebody Else's Child
    The Homepage full of information on privately fostering children
  • The Fostering Network
    The Homepage of the UK's leading charity for foster care
  • Voice
    Advocacy organisation for children living away from home or in need
  • Young Minds
    An organisation that works to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers

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This page was last reviewed 19 June 2013 at 14:07.
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